It is more than passing interesting to plumb the depths, the thinking of those with whom we debate.... Sometimes the testimony is from the Right, which opens it up to obvious debate. But it is pure gold to see the statements from an inveterate 'leftie' who gives his views of 'the other side.' First, here is a statement from the Right: 1. The American left hates the America that believes in American exceptionalism, is prepared to use force to fight what it deems as dangerous evil, affirms the Judeo-Christian value system, believes in the death penalty, supports male-female marriage, rejects big government, wants lower taxes, prefers free market to governmental solutions, etc. The American left, like the rest of the world's left, loathes that America. 2. So what America does the American Left love? That is for those on the left to answer. But given their beliefs that America was founded by racists and slaveholders, that it is an imperialist nation, that 35 million Americans go hungry, that it invades countries for corporate profits, and that it is largely racist and xenophobic, it is a fair question. The World Doesn't Hate America, the Left Does - Dennis Prager - [page] Now, from a piece by the New Yorker's John Cassidy, describing what he sees as 'the craziness' of Right-wing Americans.., establishing the proof for what Prager writes. "Are firearms the only subject on which Americans are, let us say, a little batty? Not all Americans subscribe to them, of course. In some instances, the true believers may amount to a small but vocal minority. Still, the popular sentiment underlying these statements is so strong that politicians defy it at their peril. 1. Gun laws and gun deaths are unconnected. 2. Private enterprise is good; public enterprise is bad. 3. God created America and gave it a special purpose. 4. Our health-care system is the best there is. 5. The Founding Fathers were saintly figures who established liberty and democracy for everyone. 6. America is the greatest country in the world. 7. Tax rates are too high. 8. America is a peace-loving nation: the reason it gets involved in so many wars is that foreigners keep attacking us. 9. Cheap energy, gasoline especially, is our birthright. 10. Everybody else wishes they were American. ...the point here: it is whether or not certain beliefs are amenable to reason. I dont think these are, which is what puts them in the category of irrationality, flakiness, nonsense, nuttiness, absurdity, craziness ." Is America Crazy? Ten Reasons it Might Be : The New Yorker If it is not evident to you lefties what the point is, reverse each of the ten statements and you have the catechism of the Left.